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Toilet meetings had become an almost quarterly affair for Ishita Nath at her workplace! And no, these were not gossip sessions inside the ladies restroom at the office, but a proper congregation of the women workforce to discuss the lack of toilet habits. Sadly, she is not alone in her predicament.
Period stains, unhygienic disposal sanitary napkins, urine drops, floating poop, stray tissues, splashed water – the list of complaints would be endless. And more often than not, it would fall on deaf ears. There would be reminders on the risks it could put everyone, but in vain.
So dear ladies, here we are on World Toilet Day, discussing the need to maintain toilet hygiene.
Dr Gunjan Bhola, Senior Consultant Gynaecologist Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, says that while using public washrooms, women are at a higher risk for urine infections and genital infections as compared to males. So, what can you do?
The expert advises the following:
At Ishita’s workplace, people would often joke that an audio clip of Shah Rukh Khan’s “Palat,palat” dialogue from “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge” should play automatically before a lady exits from the loo! So, the next time you go to a toilet – at home or at a public place – perhaps just imagine this. And then take a last look at whether or not you’re leaving the loo clean for someone else to use or not!